I think it’s rather funny to see the idea of “tradition” associated with the OF. The OF, when it’s properly celebrated is a form that is only about 50 years old and a radical departure from the EF (the previous form). Whereas the EF is almost 500 years old, and was built largely upon previous forms of the Mass. The “tradition” of the OF pales in comparison to the EF. There is a timelessness to the EF.
I believe this is the attraction of the EF to the youth. The OF was created in the 1970’s and seems to be stuck there. The youth of today see the OF as passé, something from a previous generation.
Unfortunately, there are too many of the boomer generation in the parishes, who see the OF as something of there own creation, and add the trappings of that previous generation. The OF appears to the youth more like a fashion than a form. And to them it’s a little out of fashion. The boomers may stay stuck in the 1970’s, and hope the EF goes away, but it’s growing almost everywhere I have seen it.
The young adults and large young families make up the largest percentage of those attending the EF everywhere I have seen it celebrated. Even if it’s hidden away or suppressed in the diocese, so attendance.is small. The largest percentage is still a much younger generation.